We’re going to Loftus Road to win says Bowditch

Dean Bowditch's strike against QPR last season was not enough to see Dons through
Dean Bowditch's strike against QPR last season was not enough to see Dons through

DONS won’t be there to make up the numbers as they face Premier League side QPR in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday says Dean Bowditch.

The game will be the third time the sides have met in the last 12 months, but Bowditch, who scored against Rangers last season, knows it won’t be an easy task to knock out Harry Redknapp’s men.

With a record away following expected at Loftus Road, the winger believes Dons are capable of causing the home side an upset.

“Last year was fantastic and we came so close,” he said. “But a mistake at the back cost us and meant we had to go there for the replay.

“Hopefully, we can replicate that performance again at their place, pop the ball around, play our own game.

“If I can score again then great, but ultimately we just want to beat them and get through.

“It’s going to be difficult, but we’re not really focussed on what team they put out. If they put out their best players then great, because we want to play the best.

“We’ve got to go there and do our own thing, get the ball down, hopefully frustrate them and if we can do that, we can score some goals.

“They play against the best in the world week in, week out so they might be a bit sharper than us. But we’ve got some great players too, and ones that could be playing at a higher level.

“When you play bigger teams, you don’t really think about it too much. You just go out there and play, and perform to your best. If we’re good enough, we’ll win the game. Ultimately, we have to go out and try and win the game.”

And with more than 2,600 tickets sold for the occasion, Bowditch can’t wait to put on a show for the travelling supporters.

He added: “You can see from our FA Cup run this year and last, that the fans really get behind us. They expect us to do well, they think we can beat them. If they didn’t think we had a chance, they wouldn’t come out!

“But the more that come, the merrier, because they can really cheer us on and hopefully we’ll give them a performance that pleases them.

“Last year, you saw how much it meant to the fans and this year, we’ve gone a step further into the fourth round. The magic of the FA Cup never ceases to amaze me, and I still think it’s the best competition in the world. Hopefully we can keep this run going.”

But while the FA Cup adventure takes precedence this weekend, several other clubs are in League 1 action again on Saturday. Dons are in the unique position that come Saturday night, they will have played more FA Cup games in 2013 than league matches, highlighted in the fact that they will also have four games in hand over current leaders Tranmere Rovers.

It means there will be a hectic couple of months ahead for Dons, and though the game at Loftus Road could be one of the biggest games in the club’s history, Bowditch knows the focus is still very much on promotion, and getting out of League 1 at long last.

He said: “The league campaign is disrupted because we’d like to continue going up the table. I’m one who looks at the standings, and you see we’re falling behind on games played. If we can win our games in hand, we’ll be right up there. Our main goal this season is to go up, so as fantastic as this game is, we want to get back to winning in the league.

“We seem to like playing Saturday-Tuesday, so it doesn’t really bother us as long as we can keep everyone fit.

“Getting your rest and recovery is all important because there will be a big pile-up of games in the next couple of months and we have to make sure we’re ready for it.

“You have to look at it positively when you’ve got games in hand. We have to win then and if we do, we will be right up there.”